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Laura: A Creole Plantation

Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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Milpitas, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Loved this tour. We didn't know much about New Orleans history. This was a great overview for us. We also did the Oaks Alley tour in this same trip. It's a little pricey, but it's also an hour from town, so we figured it was worth not driving

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Rochester, MN
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

The plantation tour was so interesting. Our tour guide Stephen was great. You could tell he loved his job and the history behind the plantation. Definitely worth the time and money!

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Tour guide provided a very informative of the history of the plantation. I left with a good understanding of life on this plantation for the owners and the enslaved people. Very large gift shop.

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Federal Way, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I booked this tour through Crescent City Tour Booking Agency: NewOrleansToursSightSeeing.com 638 St. Ann Street New Orleans, LA 70116 504-568-0717 My booking agents were Frank Perez and Aaron who were in the office when we went by. I used them last year and posted a rave review for Frank Perez so as soon as I was back in town, I... More 

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Calgary, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We visited the three plantations along this stretch of River Road, and the guide we had for Laura was extremely entertaining, a real story teller, you could not wait for the next "episode" of Louisiana Downton Abbey! The Plantatio. Has been immaculately restored, and is beautiful. The colours are welcome contrast to other plantations which are often all white. The... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We chose this plantation as it was billed as the best historical tour. It was very interesting to hear about the family history and the culture of that period of time in Louisianna. We visited all areas of the plantation, the big house to the slave quarters. We never visited any other plantations so I cannot comment on how they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Visited Laura with a tour group. Our guide was Stephen who provided us with simply the best guided tour I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy. He provided a personable and humourous dialogue with good details and with a wonderful local accent. He is bright and knows both his local history and the regional culture which is no surprise given... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This was the best tourist thing I did in me holiday all over the U.S. the plantation was interesting and a bit different from the antebellum plantation II had done previously. The guide was outstanding, with a great sense of humour and excellent knowledge of the plantation and it's history. The story of the family and their slaves was fascinating.... More 

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New York
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The house tour was great. You start in front of the house, enter the basement and work your way upstairs, learning about the people who occupied the house. It was not always easy to keep the family members straight. I would suggest the attraction make up a chart for the tourists to follow. You end up outside learning about the... More 

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Our tour guide Annie (we think) was fab so entertaining and knowledgeable. The plantation itself was full of history and also to find that 12 years a slave was made there made it more poignant The plantation itself can be found dead easy of the main highway and the price is reasonably to do the tour. They run both English... More 

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